(of blood pressure) indicating the maximum arterial pressure occurring during contraction of the left ventricle of the heart.
The period during the normal beating of the heart in which the chambers of the heart, especially the ventricles, contract to force blood into the aorta and pulmonary artery. Compare diastole.
systolic adjective (sĭ-stŏl’ĭk)
- Systolic gallop
systolic gallop n. A triple cadence to the heart sounds in which the extra sound occurs during systole, usually in the form of a systolic click.
- Systolic murmur
systolic murmur n. A murmur heard during ventricular systole.
- Systolic pressure
systolic pressure n. The highest arterial blood pressure reached during any given ventricular cycle.
- Systolic thrill
systolic thrill n. A thrill felt during ventricular systole over the precordium or over a blood vessel.